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The company said its test is faster, more precise, and cheaper than the current gold standard Cepheid GeneXpert test.

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The Times of India reports on a pilot study that used genomic testing to determine whether patients had drug-resistant tuberculosis.

UK researchers said they are developing a commercial test that could enable sensitive detection of tuberculosis DNA in blood and provide an option to broaden screening. 

The project, called Seq&Treat, will be implemented in Brazil, China, Georgia, India, and South Africa starting in October.

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Based on PCR technology acquired from Hain Diagnostics, the test and platform enable rapid detection of TB, as well as assessment of antibiotic resistance.

The partners inked a licensing deal to market and distribute TGen's DeepChek-TB as a compact, portable, and affordable diagnostic model for physician use.

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The device can process high-volume sputum samples for PCR-based Mycobacterium tuberculosis detection at smear-negative, culture-positive levels.

At JP Morgan, Qiagen CEO Peer Schatz discussed a new digital PCR system and handheld reader for TB testing; Qiagen's acquisition of N-of-One; and its new sample prep system.

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Russian CRISPR researcher moves along with plans to ultimately alter the genes of embryos of deaf couples, though awaits regulatory approval, Nature News reports.

University of California, San Francisco, researchers have uncovered a gene mutations that appears to make a father-son duo more efficient sleepers.

NPR reports a large health insurer has begun to cover some pharmacogenetic tests for psychiatric drugs.

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